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1960 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Edward C. Leach, Sr.*

President, Retired
Jack Tar Hotels

"We need to show young people that they can rise above humble beginnings."

Edward Leach was born with clubfeet and wore casts and braces. After many operations, the condition was corrected. His father died when he was 12, and Leach worked at an early age to help his family. He received an appointment to West Point, where he played football. An injury forced him to resign from West Point just as the Depression was coming to an end. He became a gardener at a hotel in Mineral Springs, Texas, and spread fertilizer by hand the first month. Another hotel hired him as a porter, and he worked up through the ranks to assistant manager and then manager. He later became owner of a chain of hotels called Jack Tar Hotels.

* Deceased